SHAWNEE — St. Gregory's University recently launched a partnership with Oklahoma's four Catholic health care systems — Mercy, St. John, St. Francis and St. Anthony — to establish a Catholic nursing program.
Based in Catholic theology and social teaching, the curriculum's ethical focus will include training in integrative and holistic care. A residency component will provide new nurses with significant clinical experience.
The process to secure state and national accreditations for the program is underway. A traditional bachelor of nursing degree will be offered on the Shawnee campus. A bridge program to advance from registered nurse (RN) to bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) will be offered in an adult accelerated training format in Shawnee, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Both degrees will include online coursework.
“St. Gregory's is uniquely qualified to establish a nursing program,” said D. Gregory Main, the university's president. “Graduates of our existing biomedical degrees have high acceptance rates into medical and other professional schools. We are Oklahoma's only Catholic university with a proud Benedictine tradition of educating students in mind, body and spirit.”
The program will be led by Susan Barnes, a registered nurse who has been a nurse educator for 20 years. Barnes earned her master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and has worked as an administrator in several institutions, most recently at Oklahoma City University as chairman of transformative and global education for Kramer School of Nursing.
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For more information on pre-nursing or the bridge program, contact the St. Gregory's University's admissions office at 878-5444 or by email at info@